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31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 27: Freddy vs. Jason

31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 27: Freddy vs. Jason

For years, horror fans were clamoring for two of the most iconic stars of slasher films to appear in a film together.

Since Leatherface and Chucky weren’t available, Robocop and The Terminator weren’t an option, and Aliens vs Predator would never work, filmmakers opted for the two whose monikers grace the title of todays entry.

The only problem the filmmakers would have, would be how to tie the two franchises together in a way that would satiate the desires of fans of either blade wielding terror.

31 Days of Films and Frights – Day 27: Freddy vs. Jason

Director: Ronny Yu
Year: 2003
Cast: Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Robert Englund, Jason Ritter
Language: English
Country: USA
Specs: 97 mins. / Color / OAR 2.35:1 / MPAA Rating: R
Rating: ★★★/ C

Freddy Krueger, in an attempt to terrorize people whom have stopped believeing in him, seeks the aid of fellow serial killer Jason Voorhees (of Friday the 13th fame) to assist in his never ending assault on the teens of his world.

The opening sequence was well done. Freddy’s monologue, the gutteral sounds he emates as he speaks, and the montage of kills from the previous films in the series all are done in a way to evoke fear and horror once again, bringing a much needed element back into the franchise from the start.

I’m sure the name of the boyfriend (Michael) of the first victim, and the owner of the house on Elm St. (Laurie) was intentional, in a nod to the other classic slasher that fans would have welcomed. Even the inclusion of Jason’s mother, and his reanimation is cleverly done, leading into one of the most interesting opening credit sequences out of both killers solo efforts.

The dialogue, however, is where the film derails, and dives down into mediocrity. The kills that defy science, no matter the strength of Jason and/or Freddy, also play more comical than scary.

Other than Jason Ritter, the acting is pretty bad. In fact, i thought the silicon in EVERY actress had more character than the “hosts”.

All in all, fans of either franchise will enjoy it, if they can get past the fact that the entire film makes no sense if the previous entries in either franchise are cannon.

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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Movies

 

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31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 08 – Creepshow 2

Sitting down in front of the cabinet television set in the downstairs family room on the lime green couch atop the brown shag carpeting in the three story white home with the large backyard eating our fresh popped popcorn in a large paper bag with the cheese flavored salt added by dad and the town club lime soda.  What memories!  Of course, that location and setting has nothing to do with today’s film.  That would be the tiny front living room on the 27″ Zenith with the microwave popcorn and the Faygo Rock and Rye.  Earlier that day, my mother had picked us up from school, as she did every day hitherto.  Unbeknownst to her, from that cold dark night forward, she would forever hear the haunting words of the film we sat to watch that night each and every time she would pick us up from our three different schools.

Today’s entry was due to the success of the first film, and proved to be the first in what would turn to be either produced or rumored to be produced (Movieweb.com article) and (HorrorAbout.com article) and (DVDtalk.com article) films in a franchise.  Does that necessarily mean that is was deserving of such fanfare?

With that, I give you today’s film…

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 8


Film #08


~ Creepshow 2 ~

Director:  Michael Gornick
Year:  1987
Cast:  Domenick John, Tom Savini, George Kennedy, Lois Chiles, Tom Wright
Language:  English
Country:  English
Specs:  92 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: R

An anthology film that revolves around young Billy and the stories contained within his horror comic titled “Creepshow”.  A storefront cigar Indian statue comes to life to avenge the murder of his owner, a group of teens take a swim in a lake inhabited by a very hungry creature in the form of an oil spill ooze, and an adulterous woman inadvertently hits a lone hitchhiker and decides to drive away.  However, the hitchhiker is too keen on preventing the woman from escaping.

This sequel to the 1982 film comes across as a cheap imitation to other anthologies of its ilk.  The acting is stilted, the stories are rather juvenile and pedestrian, and the runtime is short (in this case, thankfully!).  The makeup job on The Creep is amazing, and the deterioration of the hitchhiker is impressive, but sadly it can’t rescue this film from the sludge.

As with another film from my childhood (“Mr. Boogedy”), this film held a special place in my and my siblings hearts.  A favorite saying of ours for many years was that of the hapless hitchhiker:  “Thanks for the ride, lady”.  Sadly, that is still the most memorable aspect to this otherwise forgettable entry in the horror anthology genre.

No thanks for the ride, lady…

My Rating:  ** / D+

Available on Amazon: Creepshow 2 (Divimax Edition)

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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in Movies

 

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